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News & Events
FASD Day 2019
Join CFAN at our annual FASD Day Breakfast on September 9, 2019. CFAN is pleased to have clinical social worker, associate professor and researcher Peter Choate and journalist Vanessa Hrvatin as guest speakers as we come together to mark 20 years of FASD Day.
When: September 9 @ 8:00- 10:30am
Breakfast begins at 8am, program to follow
Where: Fort Calgary!
Tickets: The FASD breakfast is $20/person; no cost for individuals with FASD and caregivers. For tickets and more information click HERE.
CanFASD Training for School Staff Level II
CANFASD is offering its FASD for School Staff Level II: Practical Strategies for the School Environment training course for free until August 31st, after which the course will be available for a cost of $80. FASD for School Staff Level II is an advanced training course intended for all educators working with students with FASD including all administrators, teachers, educational assistants, ECE’s, office admin, Board personnel and bus drivers. The course takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Learn more
Child Development Services seeking suggestions
Child Development Services at Alberta Children’s Hospital is starting a pilot project to improve how it meets the needs of families and children who receive a diagnosis of a neurodevelopmental disorder, including FASD and many others. In order to do so, CDS is seeking input on what would be most helpful to families after their child has received a neurodevelopmental disorder diagnosis, and about what services they find hard to access. .their own experience accessing programs and services after an NDD. Parents can complete a voluntary online survey (5-10 minutes in length) HERE
Pathways to Medicine Scholarship
The University of Calgary's Pathways to Medicine Scholarship supports the enrollment and success of future MD students from traditionally under-represented groups throughout Alberta. The scholarship, designed for graduating high school students who want to pursue a career in medicine, includes undergraduate tuition, a paid internship, relocation allowance and more. Upon completion of an undergraduate degree, scholarship recipients are also guaranteed admission into the University's MD program. Learn more
Addressing Discrimination in Healthcare for Individuals with FASD
CFAN is undertaking a new research initiative to better understand the impact of healthcare and government system practices on the lives of individuals with FASD. This project will engage local physicians, caregivers and individuals with FASD to better understand their experiences as well as gaps in services and opportunities to increase supports to individuals from a strengths-based perspective. Contact Kaylee Ramage, research coordinator with the University of Calgary, to learn more about this initiative and how to get involved.
Collaborative Solutions for Front Line Workers
Are you a front-line worker supporting families or individuals with suspected or diagnosed FASD? Collaborative Solutions is a group of workers who meet monthly to share ideas, resources, and strategies to better support these individuals. It’s an opportunity be creative and get connected to new people and ideas. The group meets the last Wednesday afternoon of each month. If you are interested in learning more about Collaborative Solutions or participating, please contact CFAN’s Network Resource Worker Allyson at 403-249-7215, ext. 204, or email@example.com.
Committee Members Needed
We need YOU! CFAN is currently seeking members for our Empowerment Fund Granting Committee. Prospective members should be available to commit to a 2-year term with approximately 4 meetings per year. Applicants should should be CFAN members, have knowledge of FASD and services, and be passionate about supporting the community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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At 9:09 on September 9 (the ninth day of the ninth month) – a time inspired by the nine months of pregnancy – people across the world gather every year to celebrate the successes of families and individuals affected by FASD.
STOP FASD Run
Thanks to Kari Weber for organizing the first STOP FASD Run at Edworthy Park and everyone who came out to raise awareness about FASD! To see more, click here.